Category: Movie Reviews

REVIEW: Tár (2022)

Tár is not a film that is easily analyzed or critiqued, as it does not ebb and flow with the customary arcs and crescendos of mainstream storytelling. The beautifully chaotic and rousing orchestral soundtrack seems diametrically opposed to the slow build and gradual edification that defines the sto...

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REVIEW: Plane (2023)

Half of Plane is a good movie; the other half is a mad dash to the credits that sacrifices payoffs, character relationships and development, tension, and a logical narrative to… I don’t know what end. It’s a shame because before it decides to drive off a cliff – or maybe just a small butte ...

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REVIEW: The Whale (2022)

Originally, I wasn’t planning to see The Whale. I love Brendan Fraser, and it’s been awesome seeing him on the screen again, but it looked too drab and dire for me. This movie has received rave reviews, particularly for Fraser’s performance as a depressed, morbidly obese teacher. I...

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REVIEW: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

2011’s Puss in Boots is a movie about which I feel conflicted. The animation and voice acting are excellent, and there’s a clear attempt to give the film emotional stakes. However, the final product is nothing special, leaving no lasting impression. I was shocked when DreamWorks announc...

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REVIEW: Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

I probably have a similar history with James Cameron’s Avatar to that of most people. I saw it once when it came out and loved the visuals and music. However, I wasn’t won over by the movie’s paper-thin characters and paint-by-numbers story of colonialism and love overcoming the ...

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REVIEW: The Fabelmans (2022)

I have to admit that I don’t have quite the history with Steven Spielberg that most movie fans probably do. I grew up with one Indiana Jones VHS tape –The Temple of Doom. I didn’t know this movie was part of a series until years later when my dad got a DVD set of the …

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